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[smel-ter] /ˈsmɛl tər/
a person or thing that smelts.
a person who owns or works in a place where ores are smelted.
a place where ores are smelted.
Origin of smelter
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at smelt1, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I didn't see him for some years, when he showed up in Pueblo, where I was workin' in a smelter.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • "It's way up beyond the smelter," replied Mr. Everett lightly.

    In Blue Creek Caon Anna Chapin Ray
  • The mine-owner struggled for his profits with the smelter who used his ore.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • The smelter struggled with the steel manufacturer in the same way.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • The other one at the smelter ran for his horse and leaped on its back.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • He must, then, send it elsewhere to be smelted, and to do this must sell his ore to the smelter.

    Arizona's Yesterday John H. Cady
  • For a time the houses in the water must have been wrapped in flames of smelter heat.

    The Spell of the Rockies Enos A. Mills
  • Of course what the mine wanted was a smelter of its own, right on the spot, but that's what got us.

    Lone Pine

    R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
  • Calcination of the second matt, or fine metal of the smelter.

  • At this time the smelter runs off the lead into the pig-moulds.

British Dictionary definitions for smelter


a person engaged in smelting
Also called smeltery (ˈsmɛltərɪ). an industrial plant in which smelting is carried out
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Word Origin and History for smelter

mid-15c., agent noun from smelt (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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